ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The Metropolitan Sewer District is ready for any flooding that may come through the area over the weekend.
The MSD says it has been preparing for days for the potential floods by testing its pumps and adding extra shifts for its staff.
“We pay attention to the forecast, we look at the river level predictions and we staff accordingly,” says MSD spokeswoman Debbie Johnson
Johnson says pumps will start running when the river reaches 33 feet. Forecasts predict the river to reach 32 and a half feet by Saturday morning, and continue to rise after that.
During flooding last month, pumps failed and raw sewage spilled into the Mississippi River. Johnson says the pumps have been fixed and were tested over the last few days.
“They’ve been tested, they’ve been fixed, they’re operating and we’re confident that they’re ready to go when needed,” she says.